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Heavy rains trigger flood in J K, 3 killed, traffic on Jammu-Srinagar highway suspended

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Authorities in central Kashmir raised a flood alert due to intermittent rains that continued to disrupt the life in the Valley.

The alert was sounded even as water levels started receding in the southern areas of the Valley.

The authorities had yesterday issued a flood alert in south Kashmir. Today, they issued a flood alert for low-lying areas of the central Kashmir, including the summer capital here, and asked the people to be heedful and prepared for evacuation.

The schools across the valley were shut for today in view of the cold and bitter weather.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah said the people living in low-lying areas and embankments of river Jhelum in Srinagar were asked for to be wary and gear up for evacuation.

Shah said that they have issued a flood alert for low-lying areas of Srinagar.

In south Kashmir after the water level crossed the flood declaration level of 21 feet at Sangam in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, the flood alert was sounded.

While the water level at Sangam at 10 am this morning was 23.06 feet still above the critical mark the water has started receding there.

At 9 am the water level there was 23.16 feet.

Kashmir valley experienced rainfall over the past three days and the downpour escalated in many parts, including the summer capital of the state, yesterday.

The rising water levels induced fear and ruckus among the Valley residents of a re-run of 2014 floods that caused widespread devastation and left over 300 persons dead.

An official of the India Meteorological Department (MET) office said the weather was likely to improve today.

Vehicles drive along a flooded road after a heavy rainfall in Srinagar on June 30, 2018 © Getty Vehicles drive along a flooded road after a heavy rainfall in Srinagar on June 30, 2018

THREE DEAD IN RAIN-RELATED INCIDENTS IN JAMMU

Three persons, including a woman, were killed and nearly a dozen houses damaged in rain-related incidents in different districts of the Jammu region, officials said today.

Harbans Lal (45) was washed away by flash floods in a stream near his house at Natulphal village of Khour in the Akhnoor sector here this afternoon, they said.

The officials said Lal was crossing the stream when a sudden surge in the water level due to incessant rains caught him.

The body of the deceased was recovered and handed over to his family.

A woman, identified as Jameela, was killed when a tree got uprooted due to heavy rains and fell on her temporary shelter at Kalamsatherdhar village of Kishtwar district, the officials said.

Jameela's daughter was also injured in the incident and was shifted to a hospital, they said.

Nearly a dozen 'kacha' houses were also damaged, while 28 cattle were perished in the heavy rains in different districts, especially in the areas in the Chinab Valley over the past three days.

Several footbridges, including two in Udhampur district, were also washed away by the strong currents as most of the water bodies across the region are flooded.

Some machines, including a dumber, were damaged at the site of the 48-MW hydel project at Kalnai, a tributary of the Chenab river in Doda district, besides an ordinary bund meant to divert river water was damaged in the flash floods.

People walk on the bank of overflowing Jehlum River amid rains © Getty People walk on the bank of overflowing Jehlum River amid rains

AMARNATH YATRA DISRUPTED

Heavy rains have also stalled the Amarnath Yatra for the second consecutive day. Fresh landslides have deranged several places along the pilgrimage route.

According to authorities, vehicles carrying pilgrims were not allowed to move towards the Valley from the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu.

Pilgrims are safely lodged at the two base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam where authorities have made adequate arrangements for them.

Sonam Lotus, Director of the MET, said the weather would improve towards the afternoon.

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TRAFFIC ON JAMMU-SRINAGAR HIGHWAY SUSPENDED

Traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway took a toll due to heavy rains as it was halted on Saturday due to the flood situation in the Valley.

The authorities ordered the suspension of traffic keeping the safety of passengers in mind.

The highway passes through many landslide-prone areas in Ramban district and also through low lying areas in the Valley.

The pilgrim movement from Jammu to the Valley was already halted as no yatri carrying vehicle was allowed to move towards the Valley from the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas on Saturday.

At some places in the south Kashmir Anantnag and Pulwama districts, the highway gets submerged during floods.

J&K GEARS UP TO MEET ANY EVENTUALITY DUE TO FLOODS

Action taken by the authorities in time on Saturday saved South Kashmir's Pampore town from being swamped as the flood situation continued to stay grim in Kashmir.

Police, roads and buildings department and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel plugged a breach in the embankment of River Jhelum in Pampore area saving the town.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra chaired a meeting of senior officials here to discuss the relief measures and the situation that has arisen due to the swelling water level in River Jhelum and its tributaries.

Flood control rooms and helplines have been set up in all districts of the Valley where the concerned district magistrates are personally supervising the relief and rescue preparedness.

Lotus said that there had been relatively lesser rainfall in Kashmir during the last 12 hours as compared to the previous corresponding period.

(With inputs from IANS and PTI)

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